Sydney, 25 July 2012
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Moore, said today that the operating group’s contribution for the first quarter of the 2013 financial year (1Q13) was ahead of a subdued first quarter of the 2012 financial year (1Q12).
Speaking ahead of Macquarie’s 2012 annual general meeting, Mr Moore said: “The 1Q13 contributions from Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses were broadly flat on 1Q12. While capital markets businesses continue to be impacted by weak market conditions, when compared with the subdued prior corresponding period, the contributions from these businesses for 1Q13 were up on 1Q12 due to a stronger performance by Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC).
Operating expenses were down approximately 10 per cent on 1Q12 and while there were no significant one-off items during the quarter, high levels of cash continued to impact the Group’s current earnings.
Macquarie remains very well capitalised with Harmonised Basel III Group capital of $A12.4 billion at 30 June 2012, a $A3.5 billion surplus in excess of Macquarie’s minimum regulatory capital requirements. This surplus remains unchanged from 31 March 2012. The Group’s buyback is progressing well, with approximately $A120 million of Macquarie Group shares bought back since commencing the program.
The core equity Tier-1 capital ratio for Macquarie Bank was 11.7 per cent at 30 June 2012, from 12.2 per cent at 31 March 2012, following the payment of a dividend from Macquarie Bank to Macquarie Group. This continues to compare favourably to the current estimated global average of 7.1 per cent reported by the Bank of International Settlements in a survey of 103 global banks.
In commenting on the Group’s start to the 2013 financial year (FY13), Mr Moore noted the following highlights:
Mr Moore said: “Consistent with our statement at the 2012 full-year (FY12) result announcement on 27 April 2012, we continue to expect an improved result for the 2013 financial year (FY13) on FY12 provided market conditions for FY13 are not worse than FY12.”
Mr Moore noted: “The FY13 result also remains subject to a range of other challenges including the cost of our continued conservative approach to funding and capital, regulation, including the potential for regulatory changes, increased competition in some markets, and the overall cost of funding.”
Mr Moore said: “Over the medium term, Macquarie remains well positioned to deliver superior performance. The Group has deep expertise in major markets and we continue to build on our strength in diversity and adapt our portfolio mix to changing market conditions. We are seeing the ongoing benefits of continued cost initiatives, our balance sheet is strong and conservative, and we have a proven risk management framework and culture.”
In providing an overview of FY12, Macquarie Group Chairman, Kevin McCann, said that a series of global issues severely impacted market conditions in the first half. These included: the
US debt ceiling crisis between May and July; the US government credit rating downgrade in August; the European debt crisis; and concerns over slowing growth in China. While market activity remained somewhat subdued in the second half, there was some improvement in market sentiment, particularly after the European Central Bank’s announcement of longer-term refinancing operations in August.
Mr McCann said: “As we indicated at our full year results, the year to 31 March 2012 saw substantially lower levels of client activity in many of our capital markets facing businesses caused by global economic uncertainty.
“This was partly offset by the ongoing growth of our annuity style businesses. These businesses, particularly Macquarie Funds Group and Corporate and Asset Finance Group, continued to deliver strong results reflecting the investment that has been made in these businesses over many years, as well as the benefits of recent acquisitions.
“The Australian banking system has remained extremely robust under the regulatory oversight of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, with little evidence of the issues impacting many banks in other jurisdictions. Macquarie’s own risk management framework is a key factor in the Group’s unbroken record of profitability, a framework that has remained largely consistent for more than 30 years, serving the Group well through a range of market cycles. Macquarie remains extremely well capitalised with a strong and conservative balance sheet.”
Mr McCann also noted the activities of Macquarie’s staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation across the various communities in which it operates.
“The Macquarie Foundation was recognised by Philanthropy Australia as Australia’s leading corporate donor. During the year, the Foundation and Macquarie staff contributed $A21.3 million to more than 1,300 community organisations around the world. The Foundation contributed $A12.5 million, while staff sought matching contributions from the Foundation to $A8.8 million.”
The Macquarie Group Foundation 2012 Annual Review is now available at http://mgf.republicast.com/ar2012/. The Review provides an update on the contribution Macquarie staff members are making in their communities around the world through pro bono
service, volunteering and fundraising. Hard copies will be available to shareholders attending our AGM.